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Patrick Marlborough

Freelance writer

'These ideas shouldn’t be radical': on the ground at Bernie Sanders' New York rally

'These ideas shouldn’t be radical': on the ground at Bernie Sanders' New York rally

Bernie Sanders is inspiring so much hope in his supporters that it feels almost impossible. Could a politician get the same response here in Australia?

The 2020 debates are a hot dog eating contest 

The 2020 debates are a hot dog eating contest 

When your presidential race is more entertainment than competition, you can't defeat a hot dog champ like Trump.

ScoMo, Trump and the dangerous banality of bromance

ScoMo, Trump and the dangerous banality of bromance

Australians shouldn't be surprised by Scott Morrison's subservience to Trump. This is the exact situation we've been careening towards.

Robert Mueller: a perfectly normal man in imperfectly abnormal times

Robert Mueller: a perfectly normal man in imperfectly abnormal times

Mueller cannot make sense within a story that abandoned sense at the outset.

The vast tragedy at the core of Australia's suicide rates 

The vast tragedy at the core of Australia's suicide rates 

If the government is really 'working towards a zero suicide goal', the whole system must change.

All aboard the Boris bus: how the media fuelled the would-be PM

All aboard the Boris bus: how the media fuelled the would-be PM

Boris Johnson's career has been endlessly propelled by the media’s self-flagellating narrative of 'charm' and 'inevitability'.

What is left in the wake of a mining bonanza?

What is left in the wake of a mining bonanza?

'As a West Australian I’d like to remind Queensland, and the nation at large, that the mining industry is better at digging holes than it is at fulfilling promises.'

Make no mistake, Adani means death

Make no mistake, Adani means death

Those championing the Adani Carmichael mine and similar projects are pushing a new sort of nihilism — asking us to take one more step into our collective graves, with the promise of some small reward along the way.

The danger of the 'irresponsible larrikin'

The danger of the 'irresponsible larrikin'

The brand Katter has carefully cultivated offers a continual nudge nudge, wink wink of blokey matehood and pub banter bigotry.

Facing the wasteland of Australian arts

Facing the wasteland of Australian arts

When artists can’t survive in a place making the art they want to make, they leave for a place where they can.